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Date: 1991

Designer:
Robert Slimbach

Foundry:
Adobe

Location:
California, USA

Current equivalent:
Adobe Minion Pro

Technologies:
Postscript
Opentype

Famous for:
The first Multiple Master typeface.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
20th Century Serif Roman

Stress: Angled
Serif: Oblique

Design history:
A highly successful text face with a wide range of variants, including small capitals and ornaments, designed by Adobe Systems' chief type designer. Initially intended as a replacement for Times Roman, Minion is extremely compact and therefore economic to use with long texts. Minion, named for a size of type in the sixteenth century, was reissued from Type One Postscript in 1991 as a three-axis multiple master font. Multiple master was an intelligent, but ultimately unadopted technology that allowed for a variation of design axes within the typeface; in Minion's case for weight and optical scaling between type sizes. There is a newer, better version called Minion Pro for Opentype.

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